Sugarland concert survivor wants the truth
The Sugarland concert was supposed to be a memorable night for Lisa Hite and her granddaughter. Instead, it changed life as they knew it.
"Oh, it has, dramatically. It has changed. We have life before and after Sugarland," she said.
Hite and seven-year-old Kyelah were in the Sugar Pit that August night. They both suffered head injuries. Hite also shattered her heel when the stage rigging collapsed on top of them.
"I was off seven months from work...with physical therapy and I had surgery in December," said Hite, a nurse in Lafayette.
Eight months after that tragic night, the two firms hired to investigate the collapse revealed their findings and Hite made sure she listened to every word - especially when investigators said the stage was inadequate and not up to industry standards.
"I'm hoping that the fair commission, the State of Indiana, puts forth some policies and procedures and regulations to make sure that those structures are safe, well built, inspected," she said.
Hite says she doesn't want to blame anyone for what happened. But she does want those who played a part to accept responsibility, including Sugarland. The band members are giving depositions this week.
"I want the truth. The truth, no matter what it is. If they feel responsible for some of it then they just need to accept their responsibility and help us all heal," she said.
Hite is now back to work but because of her foot injury, she can no longer take the long hours as a floor nurse so she is now teaching newly hired nurses. Her granddaughter's physical injuries have healed but her emotional road is much longer.
Hite and her granddaughter have to face their own truth of what happened every day as they try to move on, hoping for better days ahead.